With the sunshine disappearing fast (did it ever appear!?) it’s time to think about what the children can do as they will be spending more time indoors. If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to get them away from the computers and phone screens for a while. If you can encourage them to make themselves useful indoors, well, so much the better!
I’ve been having a fair amount of success in encouraging a little help in the kitchen. With autumn on the way, there’s something pretty satisfying about gathering everyone up and getting stuck into some cooking together. The good thing is that it doesn’t need to be too complex either. I don’t know about you, but in my experience, getting the children to help with cooking only really works if it’s fast and easy.
Here are a few of recipes we are trying out, and I’d love to hear a few from you too:
For mid-week chicken with a little twist:
You’ll need four chicken breast fillets
Half a cup of grated cheese (we like mature cheddar)
Smothering the chicken in all these goodies is half the fun, and then we choose what to have with the chicken. The children will ask for chips, of course, but I’m more partial to McCain Sweet Potato Fries which taste better and are a bit healthier. In fact, sweet potato fries are perfect to sprinkle any leftover grated cheese over to have with your meal. (YUM!)
Hot dessert in a couple of minutes that’s bound to go down well with the family. With just a few
spoonfuls of sugar, a pinch of salt, a smidgen of flour and butter and a splash of vanilla extract – with chocolate chips to taste, of course – you’ve got everything you need to microwave yourself a mug of gooey cookie goodness in minutes. I’ve yet to have the children turn this one down, and they love making it as it is so quick and easy.
For a meal that’s a little more filling, I love a good shepherd’s pie. Mince (or quorn mince), potatoes, butter and some hearty veg make a winning combination, and I enlist the help of teen son in cutting the veg. Shepherd’s pie is easy to make when you know what you’re doing, and I love adding some Heinz Baked Beans to the mix for a bit more richness and flavour. Shepherd’s
pie is perfect for Autumn, warm and filling and definitely one the teens should learn before moving out!
Toffee Apple Bread and Butter Pudding
This simple recipe calls for sliced apples, tinned caramel, brioche finger rolls and lashings of cream. I can’t wait to try this out and getting the children to help me. It takes just under an hour to cook, and I can imagine that the scent that fills the house is just amazing!
These are just a few of my autumn recipes for children, but I’m certain there are loads more out there. What’s your favourite fast autumn dish and how successful have you been in getting the children stuck into making it?